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Fuel Factor

The Ultimate Century Nutrition Plan

Our guest article today is from, Kimberly Mueller, MS, RD, CSSD, the founder and owner of Fuel Factor Nutrition, is a Registered Dietitian, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and competitive athlete who provides custom meal planning, nutrition coaching, and event-nutrition guidance to athletes worldwide.  More information on Fuel Factor services can be found at www.Fuel-Factor.com.  Kim can be reached at kim@Fuel-Factor.com .    Whether you…

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Lake Norman State Park MTB

Laurel Trail Review at Lake Norman State Park

When I am riding locally in Charlotte NC I have roughly 4 trails I visit, either due to distance from my house, work or time restraints. One of my favorite trails,that is also one of the closer ones to my house, recently had a trail addition that opened earlier this fall. Lake Norman State Park which is about 25 minutes north of center city Charlotte…

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NC Cyclocross

NC Cyclocross Clinic Recap

This past Sunday I dragged myself out of bed at o’dark 30 to prep myself and brain for my first cyclocross “clinic”. At around 7 o’clock teammate and all around awesome guy, George Berger, picked me up in his little Prius and we were off into the sunrise. The goal was to get to mountains of Boone North Carolina and the Pirate Race Products Cyclocross…

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Race Day Rituals

Pre-Race Preparation, Rituals and Stupidity

What are your race day rituals? I find that rituals are so different between the niches of cycling. You can easily identify someones personality by how they prepare for a race. Is your gear in a box all organized? Are your bottles prepared the night before and put in the fridge with your gels already under the cap? Do you warm up on a trainer,…

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Burn 24 Hour

Questioning a 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Race

Lately when I race and people ask how it was I simply can’t answer as I don’t feel like I am really racing.  I feel like I’m riding around in circles, trying to find the next gear within my own.   I’ve finished mostly last for the past year of my cycling life.   I argue with myself that this place is better than not starting which…

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cyclingadvice

Cycling Advice for Women

My Best Advice for Women Cyclist In no particular order these are things I have said over the years to friends, customers and myself.  If you have more advice to add please join the conversation in the comments at the bottom of this page. Research, learn and learn some more You may find a great local shop, but unless there is an experience girl there,…

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30 Days of Biking

#30DaysofBiking Update

It has been over a week since updating you about my 30 days of biking challenge, so here is a quick update. Day 1 : A 19 mile road ride Day 2: A daily commute of 5 miles to Davidson, NC – take the bus from there to Charlotte and then a mile commute.  In the evening I reversed it Day 3: I only did…

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MTB Group Ride

Group Riding Fears

Fear is an interesting animal.  Some people lack the normal types of fears, they are the “fearless” and can be found back flipping bikes or driving fast in the rain.   Fear to me is self preservation and common sense, tied with adventure.  Which part is larger, which part is stronger and what direction will you be pulled? First times for events in your life cause…

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Windburned Cycling Legs

Windburned Legs

Today was foretasted as a beautiful days, at its peak it was meant to hit 55º and be the gorgeous Carolina Blue skies that I love dearly!  When I left my house this morning at 8am, it wasn’t close to 55º and I would bet it was closer to 20º in the shade. Why am I telling you all this? Never Under Dress on Your…

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Cateye Light

Turn That Light On, Even in the Day

There are reasons that daytime running lights have become standard on many cars, they add safety.   It would be obvious to cyclist to add this extra level of safety to their daily bike rides, even during the daylight. A Customer’s Story Two years ago a good customer of the bike shop I was managing was literally run over by a car.  She was on a…

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